Oconomowoc – Construction is under way on the first two phases of a building project at Rogers Memorial Hospital.
“This really is a patient-focused replacement,” said Jerry Noll, chief financial officer at Rogers Memorial Hospital. “We’re making a big investment in our facilities and patient experience without really adding capacity.”
Patient privacy and safety is Rogers Hospital’s motivation behind this project, said Noll. “Rogers’ patients want and deserve private amenities,” he said. The new buildings are being constructed to blend in with the existing facilities on the site, and replace three outbuildings on the campus.
The $26.5 million construction project will add three facilities to the state’s largest stand-alone, not-for-profit behavioral health hospital: a $6.5 million experiential center, a $12 million inpatient hospitalization center, and a $7.5 million residential center for children and adolescents.
The new experiential center will contain a gym, art studio, exercise rooms and classroom spaces. The new inpatient facility replaces all of the hospital’s current inpatient beds, converts them to private rooms, and adds private bathrooms and showers.
The new residential center will formally begin construction in June and will be funded by a capital campaign driven by Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation. A groundbreaking for that center is planned for June 2011.
All of the new facilities will be connected directly to each other. Patients will be able to walk from one facility to the next without having to go outside.